Last year, the San Antonio Spurs were surprisingly knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Memphis. They took out those frustrations on unsuspecting Utah, completing a four-game sweep of their first-round series Monday night in Salt Lake City with an 87-81 victory.
Simply, this was a mismatch. The Spurs were dominant in every facet of all games. Monday, the dfference was in bench play. San Antonio’s reserves outscored the Jazz’ reserves 47-10. That is not a misprint.
Manu Ginobili scored 17 points in his best shooting game of the series. His back-to-back three-point shots ignited a run that pushed the Spurs’ third-quarter lead to an insurmountable 76-58.
No. 1-seeded San Antonio, on a 14-game winning streak, advanced to the second round and will play the winner of the Memphis-Los Angeles Clippers series, which may not be settled until Sunday